DAMATURU, Nigeria

Suicide bomb explodes at World Cup viewing site

A suicide bomber detonated a tricycle taxi packed with explosives at an outdoor World Cup viewing center in a northeast Nigerian city Tuesday night, and witnesses said several people were killed.

Hospital workers said the death likely will rise with 15 people critically wounded and casualties still coming in to the main hospital at Damaturu, capital of Yobe state.

Police Assistant Superintendent Nathan Cheghan confirmed the explosion but said rescue workers were being careful for fear of secondary explosions. Islamic extremists of the Boko Haram group frequently time secondary explosions to kill people who rush to the scene of a bomb blast.

Cheghan said he had no casualty figures.

CAIRO

Al-Jazeera journalist freed after 4-month hunger strike

An Al-Jazeera Arabic service journalist who had been on hunger strike for more than four months to protest his prolonged detention without charges in Egypt walked free Tuesday to cheers.

The mother, wife and brothers of 26-year-old Abdullah Elshamy met him as he walked out of a police station in a northern Cairo suburb. Egypt’s prosecutor general had ordered his release, citing “health conditions.”

Elshamy, once a chubby young man, looked gaunt and frail as he left the station in Nasr City still dressed in a prison uniform.

“I won,” he told reporters. His family said they would take him to a hospital.

His detention, along with the trial of other Al-Jazeera journalists, was related to the sweeping crackdown on Islamist supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi since the military overthrew him last year.

LONDON

Leaders of China, Britain meet and make trade deals

Chinese premier Li Keqiang oversaw the signing of trade deals worth billions with Britain, part of an official visit marked with a ceremonial treatment that highlights China’s growing economic importance in Europe.

Business, not politics, dominated the visit, with Prime Minister David Cameron announcing business deals worth $23.7 billion, saying Britain is a “strong and good friend of China and supporter of China’s rise.”

NAIROBI, Kenya

Kenyan president shifts blame for deadly violence

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta said Tuesday that two nights of deadly attacks on Kenya’s coast were not the work of Somali militants, who have claimed responsibility for the violence.

Instead Kenyatta blamed local leaders, whom he accused of seeking to “divide” the country.

“This was not an al-Shabab terrorist attack,” Kenyatta said in a televised address a day after armed militants struck the coast for the second night in a row, killing at least 15 people in the village of Poromoko.

The statement came despite al-Shabab’s claim of responsibility for the attacks, which began Sunday night when militants lay siege to the town of Mpeketoni, killing 48 people.

TORONTO

Ford plans return to office as mayor after rehab stint

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford plans to return to work June 30 after a two-month stay in rehab.

Ford says he will resume his duties as mayor “in the later portion of the afternoon.” He asks the clerk to restore his old office locks, which were changed when he left.

—From news service reports